I’m not trying to get anyone “riled-up,” but… I’m BOTHERED by those who “preach” the word of God, yet… you NEVER see them in Church. They don’t feel good. Their bones ache. They can watch it on TV. There’s nothing in the Bible that says you have to “go to church.” I’ll do it next week. I don’t have anything to wear. I didn’t get enough sleep last night.
By “preaching” … I mean to say… they’re always Johnny-on-the-SPOT… telling you how to live, how to treat others, how to “do all the things,” that they DON’T DO. It reminds me of my brother-in-law, who taught me how to “snow-ski,” right in the lobby of the Ski-Lodge. After successfully skiing my very first time, without mishaps, I asked him….”where did you learn to ski?” He answered, “Oh… I’ve NEVER skied in my life… I’ve just been watching them through the window.”
“They” have all this GOOD ADVICE, but don’t follow their own advice. They speak out of both sides of their mouths. Then, there are those who “go to church every Sunday,” but they NEVER participate… they don’t sing, don’t pray, they don’t EVER open their bible (yet, carry it every Sunday…for what?). How did they become such EXPERTS? It seems, “some people” are searching for REASONS not to “worship God.” Why? Are they just LAZY? Do they simply “don’t care.” Are they relying on “past performance?”
Have they STORED up “bounty in Heaven?” What possibly could they be thinking? Oh… I know… they’re wrapped up in the notion of….”once saved… always saved.” 1 Timothy 4:1 – Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons. They feel…since they were “born again,” confessed their sins, and they lead a “pretty good life.” They haven’t KILLED or raped anyone. Ask anyone… they’re pretty decent folks.
I can identify with part of this STORY… I’ve been down that road; “thinking” I was a pretty GOOD GUY… until I found that I WASN’T. I didn’t need a bible (got my first at age 50), because I ALREADY KNEW all those bible verses. I had been listening to those sermons …for years. All TRUE. But I didn’t KNOW what they were talking about….thinking, that “stuff” didn’t apply to me. I went to Church, I sang the songs (louder than most). I was “present and accounted for.” My body was there, but my spirit… my brain…my heart…“all on break.” I was flirting with satan, and didn’t even know it, nor seemingly…did I care.
Believe me… I felt sincere. I THOUGHT I had it “all under control.” But, then, one day… REALIZED… I’m walking down this path… all alone. This is what the Bible has to say about being a LUKE-WARM Christian. Revelation 3:15-16 – “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. ... And in … 1 John 3:10 – By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. .and also…Mark 13:35-36 – Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.
It wasn’t UNTIL this specific verse…came to life in my heart…did I began to realize that I could not just sit in Church and think… “All is well.” I had to “get out and evangelize.” Matthew 28:19 – Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And THAT, my friends, is why I’m here today. ….Blessings…cjlb…4/16/15.
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